About this artwork

Allan, son of the harbour master in Alloa, spent ten years in Italy, studying to be an artist. This portrait was painted while he was living in Rome. Corvi shows Allan copying a reduced size version of a renowned classical statue, the Borghese Gladiator. Copying the great works of the past was considered an essential activity in the education of a young artist.

Domenico Corvi

Domenico Corvi